Newcomer youth as educational and translanguaging subjects

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Keynote afholdt 13. juni 2023.

This talk addresses issues of (im)mobility in the education of a specific group of students in a specific educational space, namely newcomer students with diverse linguistic backgrounds and migration trajectories at the intersection between lower secondary and upper secondary education in Denmark.

The talk draws on insights from a series of research projects focusing on newcomer youth in Denmark; all revolving around various forms of transitions between reception classes in lower secondary school and vocational education training (VET) institutions in upper secondary education. Not unlike the situation in other national contexts, the Danish VET system struggles with low enrollment and high drop-out rates. The focus on newcomer youth at the intersection of reception class and VET thus represents a tension-filled interaction between a group of students often constructed as particularly vulnerable or challenged and a part of the educational system typically conceptualized as crise-ridden.

In the talk, I explore newcomer youth’s negotiations of themselves as educational and translanguaging subjects at the intersection between reception class and VET. I track the newcomer youth’s mobility across physical spaces in the past and explore their experiences of mobility and immobility across educational spaces in their present life situation and in future
Original languageEnglish
Publication date13 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2023
EventTIM 2023: Translanguaging in the Age of (im)mobility - Högskolan i Dalarna, Falun, Sweden
Duration: 12 Jun 202314 Jun 2023


ConferenceTIM 2023: Translanguaging in the Age of (im)mobility
LocationHögskolan i Dalarna
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  • schools, courses and institutions
  • newcomer youth
  • reception class
  • vocational education and training (VET)

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